Reverend Richard Coles' partner David has passed away after a long illness

The Church of England reverends met back in 2007


Words: Steve Brown

Reverend Richard Coles has revealed his partner David Coles has died after a long illness.

The Church of England reverend – and keyboard player in The Communards – met his partner back in 2007 and lived together with their dogs in Northamptonshire.

But sadly, Richard took to Twitter to announce the passing of his partner and wrote: "I'm very sorry to say that @RevDavidColes has died. He had been ill for a while. Thanks to the brilliant teams who looked after him at @KettGeneral.

"Funeral details to follow. “The Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."

Richard previously opened up about his relationship with David and told Christian Today:  "Of course it has its challenges and sacrifices ... We live in good standing with the teaching of the Church, but I wouldn't wish that to imply that I saw that as a good and noble thing, because I don't, but it is currently where we are."